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Completely exhausted 1 wk post total thyroidectomy and on Synthroid (thyroxine) 100. When will I feel better and when should levels be checked. I don't have cance?

Completely exhausted 1 wk post total thyroidectomy and on Synthroid (thyroxine) 100. When will I feel better and when should levels be checked. I don't have cance?

Ask your surgeon: You asked the question about cancer. By now you should know if you were treated for thyroid cancer or not. If you don't know, you need to ask your surgeon. I'm guessing you don't, since you were placed on synthroid (thyroxine). Levels aren't usually checked for about 6 weeks. It takes quite a while for the level to drop after surgery, and quite a while for the level to stabilize on a new dose ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more


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Thyroidectomy 2011. Fatigue, fullness/noise in ears, anxiety, depression, achy joints. Tsh is 20.76. When will I feel better? Levo inc. 3 days ago

Thyroidectomy 2011.  Fatigue, fullness/noise in ears, anxiety, depression, achy joints.  Tsh is 20.76. When will I feel better?  Levo inc. 3 days ago

Hypothyroidism: Your TSH level is quite high and should be brought down to below 5. Many of your symptoms may be related to your lack of adequate thyroid hormone replacement. You also have a new born which adds to the stress and fatigue. Are you dealing with postpartum depression? You may a tleast temporarily need an antidepressant while your thyroid hormone is normallized levels which may take several months. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Thyroid and weight: Appropriate treatment soon after thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid) should include thyroid hormone replacement. This should provide adequate amount of thyroid hormone so that there should be no impact on weight. ...Read more

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What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more

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How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

Thyroidectomy: Total thyroidectomy time varies drpending on how is it done, size of the thyroid and body habitus. Minimally invasive technique in experienced hands takes less than 30 min. ...Read more

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Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Anything fine: After a thyroidectomy there is generally restriction on what you can and cannot eat. Generally you may have some neck soreness immediately post-op which may be better to eat soft foods or liquids, but this should resolve in a day or two. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

A routine surgery...: Will aim to remove all thyroid tissue. This is done sometimes for goiter, thyroiditis, or cancer. There is typically a single, midline neck incision that is used for removal of the organ. Afterwards you may receive radioactive iodine to kill any cells that might have been missed. You will need thyroid replacement on a daily basis after the surgery for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more

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My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more